Etymology
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suspect (adj.)

early 14c., "suspected of wrongdoing, under suspicion;" mid-14c., "regarded with mistrust, liable to arouse suspicion," from Old French suspect (14c.), from Latin suspectus "suspected, regarded with suspicion or mistrust," past participle of suspicere "look up at, look upward," figuratively "look up to, admire, respect;" also "look at secretly, look askance at," hence, figuratively, "mistrust, regard with suspicion," from assimilated form of sub "up to" (see sub-) + specere "to look at" (from PIE root *spek- "to observe"). The notion behind the word is "look at secretly," hence, "look at distrustfully."

suspect (n.)

"a suspected person," 1590s, from suspect (adj.). Earlier as a noun it meant "a suspicion, mistrust" (late 14c.).

suspect (v.)

mid-15c. (implied in suspected), from suspect (adj.) and in part from French suspecter or directly from Latin suspectare "to mistrust," frequentative of suspicere. Related: Suspecting.

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Definitions of suspect
1
suspect (v.)
imagine to be the case or true or probable;
I suspect he is a fugitive
Synonyms: surmise
suspect (v.)
regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in;
Synonyms: distrust / mistrust
suspect (v.)
hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty;
The U.S. suspected Bin Laden as the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks
2
suspect (n.)
someone who is under suspicion;
suspect (n.)
a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused;
Synonyms: defendant
3
suspect (adj.)
not as expected;
her motives were suspect
Synonyms: fishy / funny / shady / suspicious
From wordnet.princeton.edu